23 Research Things (2017)

Digital tools to support your research

Thing 9: Statistical Analysis Software

How online communities function. Image by Amber Case / CC BY-NC 2.0
from https://www.prgs.edu/research/methods-centers/network-analysis.html

This week’s post will help you to learn about a selection of different statistical packages, how to access them (on campus and outside the university) and where to get help. Continue reading “Thing 9: Statistical Analysis Software”

Thing 6: Systematic Reviews

Systematic reviews are the gold standard for answering a question that is informed by a base of evidence. The process is designed to explore the literature thoroughly and to make an unbiased decision based on research that meets your pre-set inclusion criteria. In this post we will explore the systematicreview process and introduce some tools and resources that can help you with this type of research study. Continue reading “Thing 6: Systematic Reviews”

Thing 4: Reference Management

Building a reference list is not the chore it once was. You can use reference management software to: 

  • Store and organise your references and PDF files while you are searching for information 
  • Insert in-text citations or footnotes in your documents as you write up your research and automatically generate reference lists or bibliographies 
  • Sync your library online, so you can access your library from multiple devices and collaborate with other researchers.

In this week’s post we will look at three popular reference management tools: Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.  Continue reading “Thing 4: Reference Management”

Thing 3: Web Conferencing

CC-0 image from https://pixabay.com/en/headphones-music-entertainment-592196/

As cross-institutional research collaboration becomes increasingly common, more and more researchers need to communicate with one another via web-conferencing tool that allow them not only to talk but also to share screens, collaborate on documents and share files. Even within a single institution, such as the University of Melbourne, web-conferencing can be useful as a way to connect researchers on different campuses or carrying out fieldwork. The University Library also makes use of these tools to deliver webinars for Endnote and Library Scholarly Literacy classes. Particularly with our regional campuses and off-site cohorts, web-conferencing has become an effective way to offer classes, manage team meetings and to deliver online consultations with researchers and students.
Continue reading “Thing 3: Web Conferencing”

Thing 2: Survey Tools

CC-0 image from: https://pixabay.com/en/users/andibreit-2748383/

The ever-increasing number of online survey tools available make designing, circulating, and processing questionnaires relatively easy. For research purposes, though, it can be difficult to work out which is the best digital tool available for your project. To point you in the right direction, Thing 2 discusses and compares 6 online tools. Continue reading “Thing 2: Survey Tools”

Thing 1: Office 365

University staff and students have access to Office 365 through the University’s subscription. This allows you to install Microsoft Office on 5PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones. In addition, you have access to 1 TB of storage on OneDrive.  

As well as the Office tools such as Word and Excel that you will be familiar with, Office 365 has a number of tools that facilitate collaboration, and which may be useful for your research. 

In this post, we will cover the following to get you started: downloading Office 365, sharing files, OneDrive and Teams. We will also explore considerations and risks, and point you in the direction of further resources.

Continue reading “Thing 1: Office 365”

23 Research Things: 2017 edition launching soon!

23 Research Things is a self-directed programme of blog posts introducing a range of digital tools to support the research activities of academics and graduate students. Each fortnight we’ll talk about a set of tools or topics and encourage you to try them out and integrate them into your practice.

In 2014 the University of Melbourne Library successfully ran 23 Research Things for the first time. In 2017 we bring you a refreshed edition with new tools, topics and updates.

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